Anti-Semitic British royal jubilee celebration

Royal jubilee revelers in Bury, dressed up as nazis

From weekly Socialist Worker in Britain:

Tue 12 Jun 2012

Play Holocaust victims, Jewish couple are told

They had an unusual way of celebrating the jubilee in Bury. Instead of waving union jacks, they held a festival where people dressed up as Nazis. But things got a lot worse when a Jewish couple was asked to join in—by dressing as Holocaust victims.

Merton and Barbara Paul say they were even asked to wear a yellow Star of David. Some in the crowd at the “wartime weekend” were dressed in SS uniforms. Merton called it “completely disrespectful”.

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Bahrain dictatorship arrests child for playing

This video is called Child freed in Bahrain after weeks in jail.

From Al Jazeera:

Bahraini boy describes arrest and detention

11-year-old accused of “joining an illegal gathering” tells Al Jazeera how he was chased down while playing in street.

Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 17:41

An 11-year-old boy detained for nearly a month in Bahrain has described his time in custody to Al Jazeera, saying that police accused him of taking part in violent protests.

Ali Hasan was arrested last month, and was released without bail on Monday, though his trial is set to continue on June 20.

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, he said he was arrested the day after protesters blocked off a street in Bilad al-Qadeem, his neighbourhood in Manama.

“It was Saturday, and we were playing,” he said. “They came and blocked the street, and then left, so we went back out and played a game, and then some civilians came and took pictures of us. The next day we went to play on the high street, and then a police patrol came and chased us.”

Hasan was chased down and arrested, and the police accused him of “burning tyres and being violent,” he said.

A ‘political prisoner’

He still faces charges of “joining an illegal gathering” and other claims related to the ongoing unrest in the troubled Gulf nation. One of his lawyers, Shahzlan Khamis, described him as a political prisoner. …

Hasan was forced to take his school exams while in custody. Rights groups say he is one of the youngest people to be detained since an ongoing pro-democracy uprising began in February 2011.

The BCHR also reported on the detention of two 13-year-old boys by police at the end of April.

Human rights ambassador William Gomes contacts Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs over the arrest of a prominent activist- all over 6 Tweets: here.

United States Ku Klux Klan propaganda

This video from the USA is about the Ku Klux Klan and lynching.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ku Klux Klan highway bid sparks fury

Tuesday 12 June 2012

US civil rights activists reacted with fury on Monday at attempts by a Ku Klux Klan group to join Georgia’s “Adopt-A-Highway” programme to clean up litter on roads.

Each group that volunteers is named on a sign on the road it adopts. The KKK group secretary claimed that she applied to keep the highway beautiful, not for publicity.

But State Representative Tyrone Brooks said he welcomed the opportunity to educate the group about the Klan’s legacy of violence and racism – which he experienced first-hand as a civil rights activist in the fight to end segregation.

“I’d like to sit down with this young lady and say: ‘Your organisation tried to kill me’,” Mr Brooks said.

He said that the notion of a highway sign identifying the Klan as a civic group was “insulting and insane.”

Mr Brooks, who is president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, said the group would pursue legal action should the KKK application be approved.

From TIME in the USA:

Perhaps Georgia will find another way to fight back, even while granting the KKK’s application. While it lost its legal battle over the KKK’s application, Missouri’s state legislature found another way to fight back: it renamed the KKK-adopted road after civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2000. In 2009, after a different stretch of Missouri highway was adopted by a neo-Nazi group, the state voted to name it after Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a rabbi who fled Nazi Germany and led civil rights movements in the U.S., according to the New York Times.

If the Georgia state legislature wants to take a similar kiss-your-enemy move to thank the KKK for their service, they might consider naming the highway after W. W. Law — a Savannah, Ga., NAACP leader who led a successful campaign to desegregate the city in the 1960s.

Anti-Putin protest in Russia

This video says about itself:

A compilation of various socialist, communist, anarchist and worker rallies that took place in Moscow and St.Petersburg at 1 May 2011.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Anti-Putin protesters rally in Moscow

Tuesday 12 June 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Around 50,000 Russian citizens flooded Moscow’s boulevards on Monday in the first mass protest against President Vladimir Putin since his inauguration.

Braving a brief thunderstorm, protesters including communists and liberals gathered at Pushkin Square ahead of the government-authorised march chanting: “Russia without Putin” and “Power to the people.”

Their numbers increased as they marched down boulevards to Sakharov Avenue where the main rally was staged.

Police searched the flats of opposition leaders including Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov and liberal activist Ilya Yashin on Monday and called many in for interrogation during what was widely described as a crude attempt by the government to scare the protesters.

Mr Udaltsov snubbed the summons, writing on Twitter that he considers it his duty to lead the protest as one of its organisers.

The Investigative Committee said that it wouldn’t immediately seek his arrest and would interrogate him later. Speaking at the rally Mr Udaltsov reaffirmed a call for early presidential and parliamentary elections.

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